Protests and Violence Paralyze Nigeria

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Protestors march on January 9, 2012 in Lagos during a demonstration against the more than doubling of petrol prices after government abolished fuel subsidies. (PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images/Getty)

An estimated 10,000 people participated in the first day of an indefinite strike against the government on Monday. These protests were motivated by alleged corruption and the elimination of a subsidy that has sent fuel prices skyrocketing in Nigeria. Meanwhile, terrorist attacks by the radical Islamist group Boko Haram, who most recently claimed responsibility for a Christmas Day church bombing that killed 37 people and wounded 57, have reached a fever pitch.

John Campbell, former U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria and Ralph Bunche, senior fellow for Africa Policy Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, discusses the state of the country.


Ambassador John Campbell

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